Wide Angle v Panorama

Dosewallips Road (Trail)

The Dosewallips Road is washed out in a couple of places and is now a 6 mile trail to the old car campground. The trail (road) starts in the Olympic National Forest and runs up into the Olympic National Park. This shot is just about at the trailhead … and shows what it looks like in mid-March. (except it’s usually cloudy and raining). It was shot with a 24-84mm zoom lens set at 24mm. A pretty typical wide angle lens without a lot of “wide angle” distortion.

Now look at the image below, which was taken with the same lens set at the same 24mm. However, in this case I have taken a series of images in the landscape format and stitched them together using Lightroom’s Photo Merge>Panorama option. This results in a much different image … I chose to continue higher into the overhead … but is also has a different viewpoint, since much of the sides were eliminated in the merging process.

I like them both, but they certainly have a different feel to them … you can always turn a series of images into a panorama, but the visual impact is different. And, if you aren’t careful with your exposure settings, you can get a result that doesn’t merge well. The bottom image was taken using “Auto” exposure control and as I moved the camera up to where the sky was in the image, the exposure changed. All I could do was to throw out those images where the exposure didn’t match and you can see the result: the image doesn’t extend to ground level.

Panorama of the Dosewallips Road (Trail)
Panorama without the ground level view

Forest View

Forest View

A final view from my recent trip to Mt Walker, where you can see the road cut just above the center of the image. The low angle of the sun during the fall and winter months accentuates the contours of the hills.

More Clouds and Ridges

Clouds and Ridge

Both these images were shot from the top of Mt Walker on the eastern edge of the Olympic Mountains, looking west into the National Forest. These are “working forests” … they get logged on a rotating basis and aren’t the old growth forests found in the Olympic National Park. The exception is some of the trees on the rugged ridges where it is too difficult to log to make it worth the cost.

Forested Ridges in Clouds

Big Puffy Cloud

Big Puffy Cloud

This is the view from the top of Mt Walker. Unfortunately, there was a lot of low haze besides the nice big puffy clouds. We take ’em as we get ’em.

A Glimpse through Clouds

A Glimpse through Clouds

I have always taken a lot of photos of ridge lines peeking through clouds. Maybe it is because the weather is cloudy a lot in the Pacific Northwest. But I think there is more to it than that. There’s a mysterious quality to the peekaboo game … and it is a challenge to get the right mix of visible/not visible. Then there is the challenge of getting the processing choices right: lots of challenges make for an interesting subject.

A Glimpse through Clouds (B&W)

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